Let New York Work

By WBNG News

June 24, 2014 Updated Jun 24, 2014 at 9:01 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A group of concerned education and business officials met to discuss how to create an agenda to free the state of what they believe are oppressive mandates.

Local governments, school districts and business leaders met Monday in an attempt to "Unshackle Upstate."

The Let New York Work Coalition discussed what they believe to be "a common agenda for the common good."

The agenda highlighted how mandates are a primary cause of New York's highest-in-the-nation property taxes.

The conference also called for state lawmakers to create relief initiatives for schools and local governments.

"27 states in the United States have passed laws that make it unlawful for the legislature to pass unfunded or underfunded mandates," said Carolyn Price, supervisor for the town of Windsor, "New York needs to do this."

Six key measures were outlined by the group that would ease the financial burden of the current state mandates.